coincidental

adjective co·in·ci·den·tal \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl \

Definition of coincidental

1 :resulting from a coincidence
  • a coincidental resemblance
2 :occurring or existing at the same time
  • coincidental deaths

Examples of coincidental in a Sentence

  1. The fact that he and his boss went to the same college was purely coincidental.

  2. the nearly coincidental deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa

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Origin and Etymology of coincidental


COINCIDENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

coincidental

adjective

Definition of coincidental for English Language Learners

  • : happening because of a coincidence : not planned



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